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The Infamous Stringdusters are a progressive acoustic/bluegrass band. The band first emerged in 2006 with the limited release of a five-song extended play CD The Infamous Stringdusters,[1] followed in 2007 by their first album Fork in the Road. Both of these were on Sugar Hill Records. The band consists of Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass).[2] The band has become known for a complex, distinctive, and groove-friendly sound along with a bluegrass theme.[3]

The Infamous Stringdusters
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Photo by Jason Siegel Photography
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresProgressive bluegrass, folk, country, jam band
Years active2006–present
LabelsSugar Hill, High Country, Compass, Lumenhouse, Tape Time
Associated actsPunch Brothers, Keller Williams, Ryan Adams, Phil Lesh and Friends, Nicki Bluhm, Greensky Bluegrass, The String Cheese Incident, Josh Shilling
MembersAndy Hall
Andy Falco
Chris Pandolfi
Jeremy Garrett
Travis Book
Past membersChris Eldridge
Jesse Cobb

The Infamous Stringdusters won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony in October 2007: Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Fork in the Road (in a tie with J.D. Crowe & the New South's album Lefty's Old Guitar), and Song of the Year for the album's title cut.[4] The band was also nominated for 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.[5]

In 2011, "Magic No. 9" (from Things That Fly) was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance. In 2018, they won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.


The creation of the Infamous Stringdusters is first based on the relationships that banjo player Chris Pandolfi, dobro player Andy Hall, and former guitarist Chris Eldridge formed while in Boston, Massachusetts. Hall, Pandolfi and Eldridge were students at Berklee College of Music.[6] Pandolfi and Eldridge soon followed Andy Hall to Nashville, Tennessee, where they met Hall's Ronnie Bowman Committee bandmates Jesse Cobb (mandolin) and Jeremy Garrett (fiddle). The group then held an audition for a possible bassist in the fall of 2005, where they found Travis Book. Book had been residing in Durango, Colorado. Eldridge soon departed in 2007 to join Chris Thile's Punch Brothers and was replaced by guitarist Andy Falco.[6] In October 2011, Jesse Cobb announced his departure from the group. Cobb cited mental and physical stress as the reason for his leaving days before the release of We'll Do It Live.[7]


Studio albumsEdit

  • 2007: Fork in the Road (Sugar Hill)
  • 2008: The Infamous Stringdusters (Sugar Hill)
  • 2010: Things That Fly (Sugar Hill)
  • 2011: We'll Do It Live (High Country)
  • 2012: Silver Sky (High Country)
  • 2014: Let It Go (High Country)
  • 2016: Ladies & Gentlemen (Compass)
  • 2017: Laws of Gravity (Compass)
  • 2019: Rise Sun (Tape Time)[8]

Extended playsEdit

  • 2006: The Infamous Stringdusters (Sugar Hill)[9]
  • 2013: Road to Boulder (High Country)
  • 2015: Undercover (Lumenhouse)
  • 2017: Undercover Vol. 2 (Lumenhouse)


  • 2014: "I'll Get Away"[10] (High Country Recordings)
  • 2016: "I Believe" feat. Lee Ann Womack (Compass)
  • 2016: "This Ol' Building" (Compass)
  • 2016: "Gravity" (Compass)
  • 2017: "Just Like Heaven" (Lumenhouse)
  • 2017: "Golden" (Lumenhouse)
  • 2019: "Somewhere In Between" (Tape Time)

Live AlbumsEdit

  • 2019: Live From Covington, Kentucky (Tape Time)[11]

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2010 "In God's Country"
2012 "Don't Mean Nothin'"
"The Place That I Call Home"[12] Tom Daly/Infamous Stringdusters
2013 "Rockets"[13] Billy Hume
"Night on the River'"
2014 "Let It Go"[14] Harrison Buck
"Summercamp" Hayden 5
2017 "Gravity" Mara Whitehead
"Just Like Heaven"


Grammy AwardsEdit

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. They celebrate artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards - music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement.

Year Category Nominated Work Result
53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - 2011 Best Country Instrumental Performance Magic No. 9 Nominated
60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - 2018 Best Bluegrass Album Laws Of Gravity Won

International Bluegrass Music AwardsEdit

Performance-centered awards recognizing outstanding achievement and pioneering effort in bluegrass music.[15] Presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Year Category Nominated Work Result
2007 Song of the Year "Fork In The Road" Won
Emerging Artist of the Year Won
Album of the Year Fork In The Road Won
2008 Instrumental Group of the Year Nominated
2010 Instrumental Group of the Year Nominated
2011 Instrumental Group of the Year Nominated
2016 Graphic Design - Recorded Project Scott McCormick (designer) - Ladies & Gentlemen Won

Live performancesEdit

Live performances have become the main focus of the band. The Infamous Stringdusters focus their recording on how their tracks will play live, with audience interaction.[16] During live shows, the Stringdusters are known to take to their Jam Band roots and visit long improvisational and instrumental sets.[17] The band uses these long, improvisations to showcase every member's individual talents, through solo performances or other methods.[18] The band also records almost all of their live shows and posts them on[19] While touring, the band has shared the stage with artists such as Phil Lesh, Ryan Adams, Del McCoury, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Tim O'Brien, the Emmitt-Nershi Band, Railroad Earth, and Tea Leaf Green.[20][21][22][23] Venues where the band has appeared include Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Best Buy Theater.[20]

Current membersEdit

  • Andy Hall - dobro (2006-present)
  • Andy Falco - guitar (2007-present)
  • Chris Pandolfi - banjo (2006-present)
  • Jeremy Garrett - fiddle (2006-present)
  • Travis Book - double bass (2006-present)

Former membersEdit


Throughout the Stringdusters' years touring, the group has been described as "a future supergroup," "phenomenon," "intricately improvisational," and "flawless" by bluegrass critics. The band's music is described by many to walk the fine line between soft traditional folk and bluegrass songwriting and resilient jamming.[24] Among all of the group's released recordings, The Infamous Stringdusters and Things That Fly have been the most critically acclaimed. At the end of 2011, the Stringdusters were named one of the top-trending bands of the year, just behind the Foo Fighters, The Wood Brothers, and B.B. King.[25]


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  13. ^ "CMT : Videos : Infamous Stringdusters : Rockets". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Infamous Stringdusters : Let It Go". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "International Bluegrass Music Awards". Retrieved June 4, 2018.
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  19. ^ | The Infamous Stringdusters | Live Downloads, retrieved 2018-06-04
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  21. ^ "Phil Lesh Guests With Infamous Stringdusters At Terrapin Crossroads". JamBase. 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
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  24. ^ "Live Review: The Infamous Stringdusters at All Good Music Festival 2011". Performer Magazine.
  25. ^ "2011 Year in Review".

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